Tobins' Tastes: No Bake Peanut Butter Nests

Sunday, March 25, 2012

No Bake Peanut Butter Nests

In case you haven't noticed I have a small obsession with bite sized, holiday themed treats made with M&M's. It is something I actually just realized and I have even started a new Pinterest board based on that obsession. Perhaps my Rolo Pretzel Bites, Valentines' Day Cakies, or Mint Chocolate Shamrocks gave it away? I automatically pin any dessert made with M&M's for future reference.

These delicious looking peanut butter based treats were no exception. These originally come from Averie Cooks and her's are probably a little prettier than mine which may be due to my accidental adaptation of her recipe.

 I was attempting to double her recipe (because 12-14 of something wouldn't last a minute in our house) and I doubled up on the brown sugar. I only used half the flour she did and by the time I realized it all, they were already made and tasted amazing none the less. So I am sticking with my new version.

She used candy coated almonds which I didn't have on hand and don't really like so I went with my tried and true favorite, holiday themed M&M's. You can use anything in their place and I am hoping to try these again with new and fun things in the centers.

No Bake Peanut Butter Nests (double batch)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • M&M's or anything you like to use as the centers
I used these Easter egg shaped M&M's from Target

  1.) Whip together butter and peanut butter.

2.) Add the sugars and whip until smooth.

3.) Stir in the cinnamon, salt, and vanilla. And then slowly stir in the flour. You may need to use more or less flour in order to get the right consistancy.

Mine was a little grainy until I got in there and mixed it with my hands.
Once I mixed it by hand it firmed up.
 4.) Form into small round balls. (I used a 1/2 tablespoon to help measure mine out.)

5.) Place balls onto wax paper and gently press in M&M's. I used my hands to help form the dough around the M&M's to look more like a nest.

Store in the fridge or freezer and then let them warm up before eating. If you try to eat them right out of the freezer your teeth may regret it. Frozen M&M's are pretty hard : )

Make sure you stop  by this week's Mealtime Monday and link up some of your amazing recipes!

***Depending on the day this post may be linked up to any of these fabulous linky parties.***


  1. These sound great. I like small desserts too. That way I can enjoy and not feel like I am pigging out, although it might be hard to only have one of these :)

  2. YUM YUM YUM! These are so cute and easy!

  3. This a a perfect desert for an Easter party - it's small enough that people will still have room to enjoy something else too!

    We have our first ever Beautify It Monday link party going on now and we'd love if you stopped by to link up -

  4. Oh my word, I am making these :-) How cute my kiddies will love these. Here is another one of your wonderful dessert recipes that I am going to print so I can make next week thanks for sharing.

  5. Yummy! I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  6. Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday.

  7. So cute and I don't like those coated almonds either. Your version sounds scrumptious and looks so Eastery. New word even if spell check doesn't like it. :D
    Thanks for sharing on BeColorful

  8. Adorable! My kids will love these, what a treat. Please remember to link back to Frugal Tuesday Tip.

  9. I love that these are no-bake. And so yummy. Good call with the M&Ms. :)

  10. This is a great no bake recipe and cute too! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  11. pretty darn cute! Fun to see linked up at Tea Party Tuesday

  12. These are adorable and the recipe sounds yummy. I'm in agreement with the M&Ms trumping the candy coated almonds!

  13. well how yummy, would be great to make with kids!

  14. I'd love to try one right now! They look super easy...which I love! I like the themed treats and this is cute! Thanks for sharing at the Rock 'N Share!

  15. Found you through WFMW! These look so yummy, I can't wait to be eating sweets again! If you have a favorite cake recipe, consider adding it here ( for a chance to win some sweet swag! Cake Week 2012!

  16. Cute and very delicious looking
    Perfect dessert

  17. You got me by peanut butter, and I wish I had one, but alas none at my house. They look and I known will taste great. I'm not a big baker so this is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best!

  18. Those look so good! I love small bite sized treats too. And no bake makes it easy on me. You have a great blog and I am a new follower. I can't wait to see what you come up with next. I would like to invite you to my blog. @ I am hosting a photo challenge right now if you are interested. But I also host a Sunday Linky party you can link up anything you like.
    I hope you stop by,

  19. Your peanut butter nests are great for kids parties -- and they're easy to prepare! I believe some friends will love the recipe.
    See you around on Inspire Me Mondays!

  20. Such a cute and yummy Easter treat! I'm glad I found your blog at The Shady Porch party. I'm a new follower too, so I can keep in touch. I would love if you stopped by and followed back on LF and GFC. Nice to meet you, Lori

  21. YUMMY!! I am going to have to try these! I would love for you to link this up to Fantabulous Friday @ Little Becky Homecky! Hope to see you there!!

  22. Love these! Perfect for little kiddos and tiny hands :) New follower!

  23. These look yummy AND cute!! Glad to have you at Things I've Done Thursday!

  24. Those look super delicious. I love the M&M's shaped like eggs, especially the peanut butter ones :)
    I bet these would be awesome rolled in some coconut flakes too!

  25. Hi Kaylee,
    Your Peanut Butter Nest look delicious, we will sure give them a try. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  26. LOVE these! Thanks for linking them up in our Easter Hop today and my other link ups on my blog! We gave them a pin on Pinterest! Thank you for your pin of the Party Hop.

    Have a super weekend and thanks for sharing! Susie

  27. MMM, these sound so good! They also look so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

  28. These are perfect as my stove is on the fritz and and I have been in the mood to make an Easter treat. Thanks for sharing this with us:)

  29. Wow!! Very neat!!

    I think that this is my first visit to your blog, I welcome you to come by my blog and say hello and become a follower if you'd like, if you aren't one already.

  30. I like that you used the m&m too!!! No bake treats are always a good call to make for holidays!!!

  31. So glad you made these and like my recipe! And sometimes based on the level of creaminess/moisture in peanut butter, just how "precisely" one measures it, how packed the brown sugar is packed, etc..the flour variances happen. Glad they worked out for you and that you're liking them!

  32. My daughter and I made them this afternoon. Super cute and tasty!! Our's turned out a bit dry and we didn't use all the floor, but we still eat them. We had Cadbury's mini eggs on hand from another project and they tasted good too. :)


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